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Things to see & do in Brazil  August 12, 2017 – 10:43 am
10 Best Places to Visit in Brazil (with Photos & Map) - Touropia

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Browse the romantic backstreets of Paraty

Paraty is a delightful, historic town on the Costa Verde between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, which grew rich on the 18th-century gold trade. Its wealth is reflected today in the beautifully preserved colonial buildings such as Santa Rita Church, built by freed slaves. Paraty is a popular destination for schooner cruises around its bay and islands, and is well stocked with boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants.

Explore the historic missions of Rio Grande do Sul

Visit the redbrick ruins of 300-year-old Saõ Miguel das Missões, the only survivor of the once 30 Jesuit missions in southern Brazil, which formed an important role, defending the indigenous Guaraní people against colonial slavery. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, despite the ravages of time and neglect, is well worth seeing for its stylised Baroque architecture and historical interest.

Get the vibes of Salvador da Bahia

Explore colourful Salvador da Bahia, capital of the northeastern coastal state of Bahia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts dozens of colonial-era buildings clustered around the cobblestone streets of Pelourinho. Salvador is one of Brazil’s most culturally vibrant cities, spawning some of its best-known musicians, artists and writers, and hosting one of the best Carnivals in the country.

Explore the Amazon

Floating through the rainforest on an Amazonian ferry is one of the great travel experiences. The world’s largest rainforest is fed by 10 of the world’s 20 largest rivers, including the Amazon itself, which is the biggest river system on the planet. The usual base for trips is Manaus, but try Santarem for a lesser-known alternative.

Costa Verde islands and beaches

There are literally thousands of gorgeous islands and beaches along Brazil’s coastline, including the chic resort of Búzios, and car-free Morro de São Paulo in Bahia. Tropical islands are liberally sprinkled off the Costa Verde between Rio and São Paulo; among the most idyllic are Ilha Grande and Ilhabela. The ultimate getaway island paradise though is Fernando de Noronha, 330 miles (540km) off the northeast coast.

Discover the eco-treasures of Diamantina National Park

Go hiking, river rafting or just chilling in the Chapada Diamantina National Park, deep in the mountains of Bahia in the northeast. This park is one of Brazil’s ecotourism hotspots; an adventure playground full of forests, caves, underground lakes and waterfalls. Access to the park is via the nearby town of Capão, which attracts New Agers for its laidback alternative lifestyle.

Go diving off Fernando de Noronha

The deep blue waters of coastal Brazil are superb for diving, particularly in the north, where the sea is usually warmer and clearer. The protected marine park on the island of Fernando de Noronha has probably the best diving; also the Abrolhos Archipelago, off the coast of Bahia. Southern Brazil also has some excellent dive spots, including Arraial do Cabo, Ubatuba, and Laje de Santos.

See a football match at the Maracanã

Watch the belojogo (beautiful game) in Rio’s world-famous Maracanã Stadium. With fans dancing, singing and pounding drums amid clouds of coloured smoke, the carnival atmosphere on the terraces sometimes overshadows the game itself. Football is a national obsession and matches are passionately noisy affairs.

Go hang gliding over Rio

Soar above the tropical landscape on a tandem hang-gliding flight from Pedra Bonita in Rio’s Tijuca National Park. This popular adventure sport gives stunning bird’s-eye views over the city and its forest backdrop before landing on São Conrado beach. Other hang-gliding sites include Niterói (across the bay from Rio), Corumbá (near the Pantanal), and Pico do Ibituruna in Minas Gerais.

Dance the Samba like a Carioca

You can learn how to do the samba, Brazil’s most popular dance, in Rio de Janeiro, its spiritual heartland. Let a local show you the moves in an escola de samba, which opens to visitors a couple of months before Carnival. Or visit a traditional gafieira dancehall, where several generations of Cariocas gyrate across the floor with natural fluidity.

Wildlife watch in the Pantanal

This spectacularly rich ecosystem in west-central Brazil is home to big cats, reptiles and hundreds of exotic birds. The Pantanal’s vast wetlands have wide-open savannah, which, unlike the Amazon’s dense rainforests, allow easy viewing of their abundant wildlife. The dry season (April-October) is the best time to visit, when animals cluster around the waterholes and the birds are breeding.

Have a ball at Rio de Janeiro's Carnival

Witness the wonderful mayhem of one of the world’s wildest parties. While Rio is most famed for the spectacular Carnival processions through its purpose-built downtown Sambódromo, the whole city joins in with samba school parties and fancy dress balls. The main events last three days but Cariocas keep the fun going all week.


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